These ants are only rarely encountered and most collections are of queens or males found during the day, attracted to lights at night, or caught in traps. The few nests found have been in the centres or outer edges of large, solid logs on the ground, apparently in chambers originally established by termites. They are always associated with termites on which they are specialist predators. Their highly modified and unusual body shape is apparently a result of this specialisation.
Metapone tillyardi, front of head
Metapone tillyardi, side of body
This taxon is known from these habitats
|The following rows were recorded as a pair from a single record. |
Blank entries indicate no information was recorded.
| ||at light |
| ||flight intercept |
| ||flight intercept trap |
| ||in dead Salix branch |
| ||pitfall |
| ||pitfall trap |
|rainforest || |
|rainforest ||flight intercept trap |
|rainforest ||in beetle tunnels in hard log |
|Swampy lowland rainforest ||ex rotten log |